Modeling of the Electronic Structures and Spectroscopy in Organometallic Light-Harvesting Nano-Carbon Structures
Chemistry of the porphyrins and related compounds is a large and well-established field of research, which includes organic, inorganic, physical, and biochemistry sub-disciplines. The objective of this research will be to continue the group's combined experimental and theoretical approach for the synthesis and detailed characterization of metallocenyl-containing porphyrinoids, and (aza)BODIPYs, which will provide a detailed understanding of factors influencing the metal-metal coupling as well as redox- and photoinduced electron-transfer processes in these systems. Understanding of through-bond and possible though-space interactions between donor (metallocene), antennae (porphyrinoid), and covalently or non-covalently linked acceptor (fullerenes, nanotubes, or graphene) is very important in chemistry and biology and can potentially lead to the fabrication of nanoscale-size functional materials with desired properties in a predetermined modular manner. This research centers on the design, characterization, and photophysical properties of newferrocenyl-containing porphyrinoids and (aza)BODIPY-type systems, which are capable of covalent or non-covalent linking to fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, or graphene acceptors.
This research was featured in an MSI Research Spotlight in August 2014.
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